Many people who have a mental illness or have a family member or loved one with a mental illness know that the mental system needs a lot of work.
In order for the mental health system to change, we need to start at the top. In order to fight for your loved one, changes are going to be needed. In order for changes to be made, there is not much we, as the mentally ill and their families, can do but to go to our legislators and ask for them to listen to our concerns, give us a chance to ask questions, and be patient while we offer solutions.
Many people like to complain about how their loved one is being mistreated or how awful it is that they can’t get help. They often feel hopeless because it just seems like nothing is ever going to change.
Change won’t happen until we, the people who care about the mentally ill, start taking action.
I am not a political person. I just want things to change. Sitting around complaining about the system and listening to others complain about the system is not going to change anything. Being supportive of someone with a mental illness is important, but think how yours and their lives would be different if more research was done and their mental illness had a cure and/or there was more of a support system for them.
The only way I can think of to change things is to contact our legislators and politicians. I don’t think that is political. I think that is advocacy and caring about the mentally ill, many who can’t help themselves. Advocacy is just publicly supporting something.
Yes, contacting the President, the current candidates, senators and congressmen is contacting political figures. However, I don’t think that makes me a politician. That makes me someone who cares.
Please help me in making a difference in the lives of the mentally ill.
It will take ONE MINUTE. Copy/Paste or type out the words “PLEASE TALK ABOUT HOW YOU WOULD SOLVE THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS” Then, write on a candidate’s wall, your own wall, or simply tweet it. You could also spend the minute to ask others to do the same.
If we can get the candidates to talk about the mental health crisis and what they would do to solve it, that would be a great step in changing the system. It does not make me a politician to want to make the lives better for the mentally ill. It makes me a compassionate, caring person who wants things better for the people who are struggling with a mental illness and can’t get help, are being stigmatized, and are mistreated and discriminated against.
I consider myself an advocate. An advocate is someone who publicly recommends or supports. It is not someone who wants to be a politician. I don’t even want to talk to politicians. I just know that without doing so, nothing will change and the mentally ill will keep having to struggle.